Addison-Penzak JCC

The Addison-Penzak Jewish Community Center of Silicon Valley is a nonprofit community center that welcomes people of all faiths.  We work to enhance Jewish life in Silicon Valley, and to provide social, cultural, educational and recreational services for the entire community. The JCC is committed to making it possible for individuals with special needs to participate in JCC activities. While inclusion is not yet possible for every individual with special needs, we are working toward it.

New! Support(ive) Group for Parenting on the Special Needs Journey

Parenting can be joyful, stressful, uplifting and frustrating – all in one day (hour?!). The journey to, through, and beyond a special needs diagnosis can make the parenting experience all the more intense. Join an intimate circle of fellow travelers on the first Monday evening of the month for sharing, listening, and supporting each other with practical advice. For parents of preschool and early-elementary aged children with any diagnosis. Facilitated by Rabbi Laurie Matzkin, JCC Mindful Jewish Journeys Educator. Co-sponsored by the Los Gatos JCC** and Parents Helping Parents.

(**Note: Jewish wisdom will be used as a framework for discussion prompts; however no Jewish background or affiliation is necessary.)

Time: Every other Monday, 8:30pm-9:45pm
Location: Online via Zoom video conference. To sign up, contact
Pricing: Free. You don’t need to be a JCC member to participate.

Fun & Fitness with Friends 

Fun & Fitness with Friends is a social and recreation program for children and teens with special needs. The program provides a supportive, structured, and nurturing environment to develop new skills and make friends.

Children have the opportunity to participate in a variety of activities including: sports, swimming, arts & crafts, cooking, dance/movement, and more.

Children are separated into two groups: ages 6-12, and ages 13-18.

Each child is paired with a trained volunteer who assists them and provides one-on-one attention throughout the program.

To sign up your child for the program, please fill out a Registration Form and an Assessment Form. Registration must be completed monthly, but the Assessment Form only needs to be filled out once.  Forms are available at the bottom of this page.

For more information, contact Valinda Lopez in the JCC’s Youth & Camp Office at or call 408.357.7416.

This program is made possible, in part, thanks to generous support from Bill Lister/Coldwell Banker, the

Children with physical or developmental disabilities requiring assistance may be able to exercise with one of the JCC's Certified Personal Trainers. There is a fee for this service. For details, contact personal trainer Linda Thompson at

14855 Oka Road
95032 Los Gatos , CA
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My son attended their Fun and Fitness with friends. . Staff are helpful and accomodating and the facility is super clean and nice. The program is open to all, so my son didn't quite find it a great social opportunity, but that would change for each session, I would think.

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